After Thomas Tuchel’s appointment in January prompted an incredible turnaround in Chelsea’s season, the Blues won the Champions League for the first time since 2012.
Tuchel then joined Roberto Di Matteo in the European winners’ circle after guiding Bayern Munich to a 1-0 victory against Manchester City in the Champions League final on May 29 in Porto.
See the Ratings:
1. Edouard Mendy:
In 43 Premier League and Champions League games, he preserved 25 clean sheets while surrendering only 25 goals. This is a beautiful piece of work.
2. Kepa Arrizabalaga:
With a more solid defence in front of him under Thomas Tuchel, the Spaniard recovered form late in the season, keeping five clean sheets in his last six games. His long-term future at the club, though, appears to be in doubt.
3. Cesar Azpilicueta:
The 31-year-old has proven his worth in big games and put up a strong performance to help his team win their first Champions League title since 2012.
4. Reece James:
He is a deserving member of England’s Euro 2020 squad.
5. Thiago Silva:
The 35-year-old has been a defensive colossus, displaying poise in possession and leadership both on and off the field. Those who claimed he was finished at the highest level seemed to be extremely dumb.
6. Antonio Rudiger:
He should be staying with the club this summer, despite the fact that six months ago it seemed unlikely.
8. Kurt Zouma:
9. Ben Chilwell:
The 24-year-old has performed admirably as a left-back and then as a wing-back, adapting to Tuchel’s tactics.
10. Marcos Alonso:
Chilwell’s form has kept him on the bench after a brief stint in the team, and the 30-year-old may feel the time is ripe to seek a new challenge elsewhere.
12. N’Golo Kante:
A fantastic player who should be considered for the Ballon d’Or in 2021.